Poll shows Michigan voters opposed to some Republican education proposals

Clear majority opposes teacher outsourcing

An EPIC-MRA news release today reports that 68 percent of Michigan voters are clearly opposed to the outsourcing of teachers to private companies, part of a Senate package of education reforms (SB 618-624).  And with other reforms getting mixed reactions, it sets the stage for a divisive public conversation on proposals generated by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

EPIC-MRA’s statewide survey commissioned by the MEA polled 800 voters during the week of Sept. 14-20 on issues such as outsourcing teachers and support staff school services, removing the cap on charter schools, Right to Work FOR LESS for teachers, and schools of choice. All of these topics are included in Senate Education Committee Chair Sen. Phil Pavlov’s (R-St. Clair) proposals aimed at reforming public education.

The survey also shows that Republican women have had an influence on such issues as pension tax increases and education funding cuts. Their opposition to the so-called Republican education reforms may encourage legislators to drop some of their proposals or at least temper them.